The month of January brings three of the most significant holidays in Japanese culture: San Ga Nichi, the first three days of the new year; Nanakusa, when the Japanese esat seven-herb porridge; and Kagami Biraki, the opening of the mochi.
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Although the term setsubun refers to the turning of any season in Japan, only one of the four annual occurrences is a well-known holiday. On February 3, the Japanese usher in spring with purifying rituals.
When cooking Japanese food in season, choose carrots and mung bean sprouts for the month of January. They add plenty of flavor to a wide variety of traditional Japanese dishes, as well as nutrition and health benefits.
There are many ways to enjoy Japanese rice porridge, whether you're feeling sick or just hoping to warm up after being in the cold. By adding things such as meat, eggs, and vegetables, you can make a hearty and filling meal out of simple ingredients.
Got the winter blues? What you need is nabemono and warm sake, a Japanese tradition. Find out how it all works here.
In Japan, December means three major holidays: the winter solstice celebration, known as Toji; Christmas Eve; and Omisoka, the New Year's Eve purity rites, which take place in both the shrine and the home.
In Japan, people often cook with fresh, in-season ingredients. During the cold month of December, hakusai (nappa cabbage), kabu (turnips) and daikon radishes are the perfect accompaniments to many hearty and warming dishes.
In the month of February, both onions and avocados are in season in Japan. Serving as both garnishes and main ingredients, they are a great way to enhance a dish and improve your health at the same time.
Quick & Easy Recipes
Miso, mirin, and sake provide the flavor-rich marinade base for Salmon Saikyo Yaki, an authentic Japanese food recipe that is popular in restaurants all over the world and now can be created in four easy steps right in your home kitchen.
Learn how to make spinach with a Japanese twist with Umami Insider's easy video. View detailed recipe and print it here too!
These large meatballs contain a happy surprise inside! Just make sure to bite into them slowly...
Easy-to-follow recipe and video for enoki mushroom and spinach mayonnaise salad, plus everything you need to know about Japanese mushrooms and mayonnaise.
Soy and butter combine to deliver a savory flavor punch you will not soon forget with our easy-to-make authentic Japanese recipe for butter sautéed spinach and egg scramble that you can make from scratch right in your home kitchen.
Traditional Japanese eggplant and chicken miso stir fry recipe and video plus tips on authentic Japanese stir-frying techniques that will have you outfrying the Iron Chef right in your own kitchen.
Soy milk dressing is healthier than your regular Caesar salad dressing!
Healthy smoothie with a hint of green tea will get you ready for the day.
Bread + Cookie = Heavenly desserts! If you are a baker, try making your own bread and cookie dough.
Enjoy a snack or dessert with no artificial sweeteners! The Japanese sweet potato has been a popular snack in Japan eaten plain or sweet.
Learning some basic Japanese terminology regarding a dining experience can serve to enhance your meal. The handful of Japanese phrases and words in this short guide will enable you to impress your friends and show respect to the chef or host.
Adding dark green Matcha green tea to our traditional Japanese style creamy purin pudding results in a tasty and healthy authentic Japanese dessert that you can learn to whip up at home with our easy to follow recipe and video.
Sweet, delicious, and bright pink, this sakura kanten jelly recipe is a fun and yummy celebration of the flowering that takes place during the spring season. Make it right in your home kitchen with our easy-to-follow video and recipe.
One of Japan’s most commonly used vegetables is burdock root, also known as gobo. This large vegetable offers plenty of nutrition. Appreciated for its flavor as well as its healthy properties, gobo plays a large part in Japanese cuisine.
Combining flavorful ingredients like pork belly and shiitake mushrooms with classic Japanese seasonings like mirin and dashi, this hearty tonjiru soup will delight friends and family when you whip it up in your home kitchen.
The classic combination of dashi broth, mirin, and soy sauce, in the right proportions, make up the golden ratio of Japanese cooking. This is the guideline for creating many flavorful sauces and seasonings in Japanese cuisine. Learn the golden ratio...